The Auto Club Group, Largest AAA Affiliate in The Midwest, To Sponsor Carl Edwards and The No. 99 Team in 2005 CONCORD, N.C. (January 19, 2005) -- Roush Racing announced today that the AAA Auto Club Group (ACG) will be carried as the primary ...
The Auto Club Group, Largest AAA Affiliate in The Midwest, To Sponsor Carl Edwards and The No. 99 Team in 2005
CONCORD, N.C. (January 19, 2005) -- Roush Racing announced today that the AAA Auto Club Group (ACG) will be carried as the primary sponsor on the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford of Carl Edwards for three races in 2005. In addition to being the primary sponsor for both Michigan races and the Brickyard 400, AAA will also be a major associate at Chicago and an associate for the remainder of the races in 2005.
"We are very excited to have AAA on board as a primary sponsor in 2005," Edwards said. "We're delighted AAA chose the No. 99 team. We look forward to representing them and helping in their effort to educate motorists on driver safety. Safe driving is important not only to NASCAR drivers like me, it is important to every person out on the road. I'm both proud and honored to be a part of AAA's team."
The Auto Club Group, based in Dearborn, Michigan, is the largest AAA affiliate in the Midwest and includes the Auto Club Insurance Association as well as six AAA clubs: AAA Chicago, AAA Michigan, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, AAA Nebraska, AAA North Dakota and AAA Wisconsin, which serve approximately 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG is the first AAA affiliate to sponsor a car in the Nextel Cup Series. An endeavor that AAA is looking forward to embarking on.
"Carl Edwards is definitely one of the rising stars in NASCAR racing," said Charles H. Podowski, president/CEO of ACG. "The Auto Club Group is extremely pleased that we will be the primary sponsor of his car No. 99 in three Nextel Cup Series races this year, and that his car and racing gear will carry the AAA logo as a sponsor in each of the other 35 races in which he is scheduled to compete.
"Sponsorship of a car and driver on the hugely popular NASCAR racing circuit will help raise AAA's profile with the many fans of this major spectator sport. The sponsorship ties very nicely into AAA's century-long commitment to supporting continued improvement in vehicle safety." Podowski continued, "Many of the safety features we take for granted on today's passenger vehicles, such as lap-and-shoulder safety belts and hydraulic brakes, were introduced and perfected in racecars. NASCAR races will continue to be the proving ground for new safety equipment, and the AAA clubs that comprise The Auto Club Group are pleased and proud to help support that progress."
The addition of AAA to the Roush Racing family is something team owner Jack Roush welcomes as well. AAA's commitment to safety is shared by Roush in both racing and on public roads.
"Roush Racing welcomes AAA to the No. 99, Carl Edwards driven, NASCAR Nextel Cup Racing program for 2005," said Roush. "We are certain Carl and his Roush Racing Team will find success both on the race tracks and in the market place with AAA as a new Roush Racing sponsor marketing partner. Roush Industries shares AAA's enthusiasm for developing safe driving techniques and technologies, both on our race tracks and on our public highways. Roush Industries has become a major developer and supplier of driving simulators for both government and private agencies who are committed to overall driving safety interests."
Over the last 11 years Edwards has raced his way into NASCAR history with two NASCAR-sanctioned track championships, three Rookie-of-the-Year honors, and 78 feature wins while racing on both dirt and pavement tracks across the country. In 2004, Edwards raced the No. 99 Superchips F-150 to three wins, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes while finishing fourth in the overall Craftsman Series point standings. Edwards also made his NEXTEL Cup debut in August at Michigan International Speedway finishing 10th in his first career Cup start. In his 12 starts following that, Edwards racked up one top-five and five top-10 finishes and looks to build on that success in 2005.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.